Monday, March 26, 2012

Expressions

We're back from the fabulous wedding weekend and now I'm scurrying to unpack and get a few things done before Thursday when spring break starts for my kids.

I read this old saying this morning and I thought it might strike other writers as it struck me:

"Impression without expression causes depression."

We have to find an outlet for the truth impressed upon our lives.

I'm afraid I'm pretty boring. I just write. I do dabble in scrapbooking and quilting occasionally, but that's only for my kids, so they'll have something "made by Mom" to take with them into adulthood. And I guess I sing, but I'm no songwriter.

How do you express your impressions? Do you have more than one way?

13 comments:

  1. I'm constantly making stuff, but I don't know if I would consider connected to my own life truths. I just have to be able to do stuff with my hands or I go berserk. At best, it's stuff I don't have to think about, just a task to occupy the left-brain so the right can run amok in Storyland.

    I crochet. I'm still entrenched in the bread kick(Italian tomato bread most recently--YUM). In the lead up to Christmas, I buy lots of cheap wire-edged ribbon and make a multitude of bows for different projects: tree toppers, tv-quality wrapped presents, and my favorite creation from the past couple years: AWESOME LAMP SHADE... made of nothing but bows--it's ridiculously frufru and unlike my usual taste and I loves it so... Going to have to put a picture of that lamp up somewhere sometime...

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  2. When I'm feeling strong emotion, writing, singing and painting (not an artist) are my favorite ways to express whatever it is. It doesn't really matter if I'm good at what I'm doing, the expression brings joy anyway. It's usually when I'm not feeling something that the inner critic steps in and sucks the joy out of it.

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  3. Wonderfully true quote. Mostly I find expression through writing, but when I stick to it doggedly enough, I have been known to draw and paint a little. Also, playing the piano and singing, though I've never composed anything. So often someone else centuries ago seems to have shared the same thoughts I have now, because I feel I am expressing them through their music.

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  4. I love to journal, I wish I was more crafty but I get too distracted to finish projects once I start them.

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  5. oh my goodness I'm not going to list all my hobbies out for you. You will LAUGH. I take on way too much. I have friends that almost complain to me, saying I do all this stuff and they don't do anything. I tell them to TRY. That's all I've done. I try everything, and the things I like, stick around. :)

    I think it's awesome for you to make things "by mom" for your kids to have :)

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  6. Hey, writing can be everything in itself! I'm like you. I mostly write. I do scrapbooks for my son too, but they're for him. I use to like to paint and draw, but I don't have the time these days for more than one hobby. Writing takes up all my free time!

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  7. Hmmm, the only way I express myself creatively is through writing and singing.

    Other than that I have many other hobbies, but they all basically include me getting real sweaty...haha

    I think writing is plenty for expressing yourself :)

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  8. Just writing for me. Though I do dabble in scrapbooking, but like you, just for my kids.

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  9. Only writing for me. Oh, and making corny jokes with my kids. Um, does singing horribly in the car count?

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  10. I used to sketch and do water colours (badly but satisfying enough for my eyes only). I recently bought a whole new set of sketching materials and joined a class but it cancelled and so did my drawing attempts. I love playing the piano too (for my ears only in this case) but unless I book lessons I never get around to practising. I need to start booking up classes but in the meantime I write.

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  11. I write smart-alecky comments on blogs.
    Sincerely,
    Permanant Press Smarty Pants

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  12. The only thing apart from writing is singing, but that's only when there's no-one else within a 500 metre radius :-)

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  13. I also pretty much just write. I can teach, so I teach writing. I sing okay, so I'm part of my church's worship team. I used to love being creative with counted cross (no kits for moi! :)) but I can't allocate time to it now, and the cats would mess it up anyway. If I'm to play to my strengths, writing it is.

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